Afghanistan star spinner, Rashid Khan had the worst possible start to his Test career. He ended up with figures of 2/154 in his maiden Test against India at Bengaluru. But he made a brilliant comeback in his second Test against Ireland when he scalped seven wickets. The leg spinner created history in his third Test when he claimed 11 wickets against Bangladesh to help Afghanistan win their first Test and series in Bangladesh.
He has now revealed how legendary spinners like Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne helped him turn around his fortunes in Test cricket.
“I asked Muttiah Muralitharan and Shane Warne, superstars of Test cricket, what should my mindset be in a Test match. They both told me that I shouldn’t change myself, and be cool and calm in every situation. [They said that I should] just focus on bowling in the right line and length, rather than bring down my speed. They said that the quicker you bowl, it deceives the batsmen,” Rashid said.
“I never brought any difference in my bowling in any format. I try to do what I am capable of,” he said. “I don’t want to bring any changes to my bowling. If I bring a bit of change, I think it will affect my bowling.
“I always had one thing in mind in the Test match, that there will be a time when I won’t get a wicket for 25 overs. There will be a time when I get three wickets in one over. Rather than putting extra pressure on myself, I should be mentally ready for this sort of thing,” said Rashid.